This month, we’ve picked the brains of Village Hotels Glasgow, Regional Sales Director Nicola Finnigan, for the inside scoop of everything you need to know for your next trip to Glasgow. From how to get around the city to where to get the best coffee, not forgetting, the business know how on your favourite destinations from the local’s themselves.
What are your top restaurant recommendations?
“For outstanding Scottish cuisine try Ubiquitous Chip, for the culinary delight that is Spanish tapas try Rioja, combine the hustle and bustle of Manhattan with superb Scottish beef at The Butchershop and if you fancy French food with a modern Scottish twist Brian Maule is the place to go. However, if you want something different and unique try the infamous Six by Nico, where every six weeks, Nico and his team will serve a brand new six-course tasting menu – each one themed upon a different place or memory.”
Are there any hidden treasures you’d recommend?
“Ashton Lane is a cobbled backstreet in the West End of Glasgow, the Lane and its surroundings are regarded as Glasgow’s equivalent of Dublin’s Temple Bar area. If you fancy being at one with nature Kibble Palace, is a botanical garden located in the West End of Glasgow. WEST’s quirky brewery in the iconic Templeton Building is well-known in Glasgow and one not to miss for the best German cuisine. For some artsy culture, explore the Kelvingrove Art Gallery, one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions.”
Which area of Glasgow should travellers stay?
“Finneston and West End are central for Glasgow city centre and their surrounding attractions.”
If one of our business travellers only has a few hours to see Glasgow, what must they see?
“The Kibble Palace botanic gardens, Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Ashton Lane and Merchant City, Style Mile and Buchanan Street are for the best shopping.”
What are the best ways of getting around Glasgow?
“Glasgow has an extensive public transport system. Trains, buses and the subway connect almost the entire city, and are a great way to get around. However there are other ways of getting round like taxi, walking and bicycle.”
Where can I get my caffeine fix?
“At Village Hotels Glasgow, we have our very own Starbucks, but if you fancy a venture out try Gordon Street Coffee or Artisan Roast.”
Where’s the best ‘Happy Hour’?
“We have a selection of Bars in Finnieston and West end with a bunch of great happy hour selections. I think the best ones are Bar Soba, Brel, Hillhead Book Club (ping pong and retro gaming) and BeGin.”
If you have 5 words to describe your hotel what would you use?
“Welcoming, vibrant, inviting, modern, functional”
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